Suffer Injuries as a Passenger in an Accident? You Have Rights.

Suffering injuries in a Michigan car accident is traumatic, no matter if you were driving the car or were riding as a passenger at the time of impact. Passengers injured in car accidents sometimes do have a rightful claim to financial compensation, but in many cases, these victims are unaware that they have this option. If you were hurt in an accident while riding in a car, you may find that someone could owe you restitution.

When people think about motor vehicle accidents, many think solely about the driver, asking questions about which driver was at fault or what the respective drivers doing at the time of crash. As a passenger who suffered harm because of a negligent or reckless driver, you may feel that you are facing an uphill battle to claim financial compensation, no matter the nature or severity of your injuries.

What should injured passengers do after an accident?

As a passenger, there is very little that you can do to prevent an accident. However powerless you may feel, you are not without rights and options after the fact. One of the most prudent things you can do is to seek a full explanation of your rights and take quick action to protect your interests. As an injured passenger, it could be beneficial to know the following facts:

  • Since you were not driving, it may be appropriate to name both drivers as liable parties in your personal injury claim.
  • Even if both drivers are at least partially liable, it could be a challenge to get the full amount of compensation from both parties.
  • It is possible that there are additional liable parties you could name in your claim, including auto manufacturers and others.

Regardless of the details of the car accident that left you injured, you always have the right to a clear explanation of your legal options. As an injured passenger, you may be unsure of what to do next, but you do not have to face the aftermath by yourself. 

Standing up for your recovery

If you suffered injuries while riding in a cab, bus, public transportation vehicle or private motor vehicle, you have the right to recovery. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related expenses.

You would be wise to take quick action to protect your rights. Every case is different, but a smart first step is to simply seek a full understanding of the legal options available to you.